The so-called “travel ban” may be extended soon as President Trump threatens to stop travel from four countries who are refusing to cooperate with deportations being handled by the Department of Homeland Security
Officials with the DHS stated to Fox News that they are seeking the suspensions of visas from these four countries from the State Department. Further on the matter they said, “when we receive such notification, the Department of State works to implement a visa suspension as expeditiously as possible in the manner the secretary determines most appropriate under the circumstances to achieve the desired goal.”
As of right now officials are not releasing the names of the countries they are seeking to extend into this ban. However, the Washington Examiner has stated that it’s Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. These countries have been refusing to accept nationals who are being or have been deported by the DHS.
“The secretary [of State] is having conversations with those countries. We want to bring those countries into compliance. We want those countries to be able to take back their citizens,” a State Department official said. “We are having different levels of conversations with those countries and imposing different things upon them based on what we think will work best with those countries.”
Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone have refused to take back people in the U.S. who are in the country illegally and been cleared by immigration courts for removal, according to the Washington Times.
DHS requested in a letter to the State Department that it suspend visas to some citizens from the four countries, though it’s not known who would be affected.
While a presidential candidate, Trump promised to take more action to get countries to take back people the U.S. sought to deport. Eight of the 20 countries that had fought the change are now working with the U.S. government to take back their citizens.